The time is officially FLYING by! My parents come in 5 days, woohoo!! Dustin and I left for Napier last Thursday and we didn’t stop going until 10:00 last night. Napier was amazing!! Here’s a quick re-cap of why we went to Napier. Basically there was a big earthquake in 1931 that ruined most of the downtown area so they re-built the whole town in this Art Deco architecture and they have a big festival every year celebrating that time period.

Dustin did an awesome job of planning the trip and I was in charge of getting our itinerary together for the actual weekend. There were things going on hour to hour from Thursday until Sunday so we had to strategically pick out what we wanted to do. It was a little tricky since we had never been so we asked some locals for advice on what we should do. I will post pictures so you get an idea of what the weekend was like but basically about 30,000 people come in for the festival and a majority of the people go all out with their costumes! We saw a few people that weren’t dressed up but most everyone was decked out. During our time there we went to a NZ navy band concert, saw an air show, went to a car parade, ate yummy foods like ice cream, gf pizza and thai food, went to a concert where we danced in the street, took Charleston dance lessons, had a picnic by the beach among many other things.

One of the more funny moments was when we went to a murder mystery magic show on Friday night. It included dinner and entertainment and let’s just say the tickets weren’t exactly cheap. When Dustin saw the dinner was buffet style, he decided he was going to “get his money’s worth.” Let me say that one of my favorite things about Dustin is his ability to invest/handle/save money. I love when I get on the computer and he’s been reading articles about the stock market or he uses the stock market as an analogy in a really serious conversation. But sometimes the penny pinching endearing qualities can go a little too far! We were sitting at a table of sophisticated Brits when Dustin comes back with a MOUND of food on his plate. Like, stuff dripping off the side of his plate. I’m laughing between every bite out of nerves/embarrassment and Dustin even went as far as to announce to the table that he was trying to get his money’s worth. It was the same feeling I had when Dustin loudly voiced his opinion in Anthropologie that he liked when I shopped at Ross/Marshall’s better b/c it was cheaper. Things you don’t necessarily say out loud, ya know? haha But I love him for it and now it’s a really funny story to laugh about because we are never going to see those people again and it’s always good to have a husband to keep you humble!!

The highlight of the weekend was the car show – if you know my family you know that the majority of us love vintage cars. It’s in our Hines DNA. One of my life long dreams is to own a restored vintage car so I was drooling the whole weekend. (not really, that would be weird). My favorite part of the cars being there was when the owner would drive by on the street in their full 1920’s gear – it looked so realistic. Here are some pictures from the weekend – I will post all of them on facebook but this will give you a good idea of our weekend. Enjoy!


Downtown Napier




Yes, please.


We loved seeing people go ALL out!


Murder Mystery Dinner Date


Dustin got a little camera happy!


Mr. Camera Happy! hehe I love this picture!

Dominoe's Pizza Est. 1931

Dominoe’s Pizza Est. 1931



Fun, fun weekend!

Fun, fun weekend!


2 thoughts on “Napier

  1. Thanks so much for sharing. It has really been nice to have to read. Looks like you guys had tons of fun! I have experienced that “buffet moment” many times when he wasn’t even paying! Ha, I can just see your face as he approaches the table… Makes me laugh out loud!!

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